"Entrepreneurship is a journey without a map, but smart travellers know to ask for directions"- Rick Spense
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Confident Decision Making in Shifting Sands with Karen Kessler
Sometimes decisions are made by rote. We make the same ones over and over again. While navigating change, we are presented with decisions we have never made before, which can lead us to second-guessing ourselves and freezing in our tracks.
In this session, discover the deep unconscious criteria you use to make decisions and learn how to apply a decision-making framework you can apply to new situations so you can confidently stick to your decisions.
Karen Kessler is a speaker, author, master coach, leadership trainer, and two-time international award-winning entrepreneur passionate about developing Next-Level Leaders. She uses her expertise to prepare leaders to increase their impact and reach in this world; those leaders committed to connect deeply and inspire life-long change in their tribe.
Discover the unexpected side effect of "gifting gratitude" with Keta DasGupta
Gratitude attracts abundance into our lives. Keka will share tools and exercises focused on gratitude, empathy and kindness that help conquer mindset barriers that often hold us back both professionally and personally. You will learn tangible steps to take to help you become a more conscious and more effective leader for your clients, team, family and community.
Keka DasGupta is a TEDx speaker and the founder of a personal development brand called the Art of Life-ing. She helps women discover how to step into their power, in order to positively impact themselves, their families, and business/ colleagues - all through gratitude, empathy, and quiet leadership.
Don't let fear hold you back with Natalie Haynes
Fritz Perls, one of the founders of Gestalt Therapy said, “Fear is excitement without the breath”. Yet, you may experience fear differently as an entrepreneur as you navigate new roads and opportunities. Fear can feel unpleasant, uncomfortable and avoidable. The problem is when fear holds you back from making the changes you need to make in your life, you may never experience what you ultimately desire in your business and your life.
Join this interactive and experiential biz tool session and explore how leaning into what is uncomfortable can help you distinguish if your fear is necessary or if you are missing out excitement that can propel you forward.
Natalie Haynes is a registered psychotherapist, workshop facilitator and a speaker. She has been working with individuals, couples and families in her private practice in Georgetown for 10 years. She is a member of The College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO) and The Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP) and serves on the board of the Gestalt Institute of Toronto.
Financial Solutions for your Business with Rosel George
We will be covering different types of situations that can create a need for financing and the type of financing that’s available to help business owners like you.
These financing solutions will include both long and short term financing. We will also discuss how Financing Solutions can be customized to match the needs of the business.
RBC Commercial Account Manager
Rosel George is a Commercial Account Manager in Ontario South West. She specializes in providing tailored financial advice and solutions to Commercial clients in support of the Collective Ambition of RBC, to help clients thrive and communities prosper.
During her twenty one year tenure with RBC, Rosel spent ten years in various leadership roles including: Operations, the Contact Centre and National Office. Before joining the Commercial team Rosel was in the Personal & Commercial Leadership Program at National Office where she focused on strategy within the Personal Financing Team.
Rosel holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management from Nipissing University. In her spare time she enjoys interior decorating and spending time with her four children and husband who is also an RBC employee.
How getting what you want is easier than you think with Lori Raudnask
In this Biztools session, Lori will cover three key areas; the power of persistence, the power of knowing what you want, and the power of value and appreciation. We will look at how our mindset moves us forward, how to develop the skills that you require to have what you want, how to apply action to your business and motivate yourself to ensure peak and optimal performance.
Lori Raudnask is an international speaker, entrepreneur, and author. For over three decades, she has dedicated her life to helping others win big. Lori has produced and hosted the TV show Persistence Pays and is the author of Persistence Pays: How getting what you want is easier than you think. Lori believes that if we are persistent we can have anything we want.
How to create and sell an online course with Samantha King
Online courses are a great option to help bring in some cash! They are also great for business owners who want to prep potential clients for private work with an online course that feeds your highest price offerings.
During this session, Samantha will teach you the nuts and bolts of creating an online course – how to teach what you know in an online course, how to record, host and market your course and increase your revenue.
Samantha King is a former teacher with 8+ years experience creating engaging learning experiences for her students. After years in both the corporate and small business worlds, Samantha is still teaching! Now she is using her skill set to teach busy Fempire Builders like herself the steps to create successful online arms in their businesses.
Samantha helps her clients get clear on their niche, map out opportunities to boost their sales with online courses and offerings and works with them to implement the systems and processes within their businesses to make that boost happen.
How to Sell Like a Beach Vendor with Claudine Pereira
Are you struggling with your sales pitch? What do you say when clients say no? Do you have difficulty generating leads or new business opportunities? How do you make your business unique and stand out from your competition?
Learn how to turn a “no” into a “yes” later.
The Pink Coach
Claudine Pereira is a Business Coach and Consultant at The Pink Coach, and a Professor at George Brown College teaching life skills. Through coaching, training and consulting she brings business owners laser focus and strong structure allowing them to be proud professionals with a life and business they love.
Risk management – Protecting your business and yourself with Joyce Usher-Mesiano
The risks to your business, its employees and your customers can be many and varied and what would happen if you got sick, and could not work for a while?
Risk management is about ensuring your organization understands the potential hazards to which it is exposed, and you develop a strategy to prevent losses or mitigate their impact when they occur.
In this session Joyce will help identify what could go wrong, what might prevent or lessen any losses, and how your business can efficiently fund its risk reduction strategy.
National Brokers Insurance
Joyce Usher-Mesiano, President of National Brokers Insurance has over 30 years of insurance industry experience, and is regarded a leader and innovator in her field. As President of two insurance brokerages and second medical opinion service, Joyce is highly regarded for her level of integrity, contributions to the business community and extensive business acumen. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award in 2016 and 2017.
The 3 Minute Video Story Formula with Sheryl Plouffe
Did you know that 82 percent of all consumer and business internet traffic will be VIDEO by 2022? And did you also know that telling YOUR STORY is one of the most powerful tools you can use to grow your business?
What happens when you marry VIDEO + YOUR STORY? You get more engagement, more connection and more impact. In this session Sheryl will teach you the framework to tell your story on video in less than three minutes even if you’ve never created a video before and have no idea where to start.
Sheryl Plouffe is a video strategist helping entrepreneurs, coaches and consultants transform their online presence and profitability with online video. She does this through her signature online and in-person events and is known for doing away with word-for-word scripts and complicated technology in favour of strategic storytelling and cutting edge production.
Working at home with your family with Kimberley Rivando-Robb
Balancing motherhood and business is a tough task, but one that Kimberley, like many other entrepreneurs, was determined to experience. As a business owner she planned for the perfect pregnancy and excitedly created a plan for once baby arrived, only to have life flipped on its head. Enduring 20 weeks of bed rest, major delivery complications, and overcoming obstacles, Kimberley surprisingly saw her business grow and hit new heights instead of failing as expected. This talk will benefit anyone with health issues, facing road blocks in their business and those just looking to reinvigorate their badass self!
Kimberley Rivando-Robb has an English Language and Literature degree, a post-graduate degree in Journalism New Media and her diploma as a Personal Support Worker. She is the owner of RetroScripts and works at the Carpenter Hospice in Burlington as a PSW, where the idea behind RetroScripts was born. She is an upbeat, quirky woman who thrives on positive energy and uses
different creative mediums to dig deeper to find your true meaning of happiness.
For Money or For Profit? with Hadriana Leo
We will take a look at why you should be in business not just to make money but to make a profit…lots and lots of profit. We will further work through a checklist of key areas that you need to examine to ensure you are maximizing your profit potential and not spending resources blindly. You will walk away with an easy to implement plan to maximize your profits and thrive in business.
Hadriana Leo is the Creator of Hadriana Leo, Money Navigator™. Her goal is to free her clients from persistent financial failures by optimizing their finances towards the creation of an exceptional life. Her experiences as a high school teacher, immigrant, financial adviser, and her current designation as a Certified Cashflow Specialist allow her to take the journey of financial wellness with her clients, in a nurturing way that is empowering, and results-driven.
Grow, Protect, & Sell – Leveraging Your Reputation Online with Shelly Patrick
How do you harness the power of your online reputation? A good reputation gives you a competitive edge while a bad reputation will give your competitors the edge.
You want to purposefully grow your reputation, actively protect it or repair where needed, and then leverage that foundation a good reputation provides into new leads and sales. The power of your online reputation is undeniable!
Shelly Patrick is the CEO and Founder of ThinkFlame, a marketing and branding agency that helps businesses increase awareness and lead generation through online media. Shelly has taken 25 years of business and marketing experience and turned her attention to helping small and medium businesses increase their success and revenue through storytelling web design to build, expand and monitor their web presence, lead generation and social media awareness.
Growing Your business with Ashley Keizer
We will take a look at the current state of your business. Are you overwhelmed? Is there an increase in demand that is getting to be too much? Then we will have a discussion around a business plan and how that can be utilized during times of change. We will discuss your current customers and finding new customers along with working towards new products and diversifying your business. Lastly we will discuss protecting what is important to you and managing risks.
RBC Commercial Account Manager
Ashley Keizer is a Commercial Account Manager in Southwestern Ontario in the Halton Region. She specializes in the Supply Chain and Manufacturing sector.
During her fifteen year tenure with RBC, Ashley spent the last thirteen years in various roles in the Retail Branch Network before joining the Commercial Banking Team in 2017.
How to Create a Powerful New Phase in Your Life, Work and Legacy with Laura Macdougall
In this interactive session, Laura shares her own story of reinvention and will explore practical steps that you can implement right away to begin designing a life that is purposeful and fulfilling as you move forward to an even more substantial contribution and legacy. These proven and battle-tested approaches are suitable for you if you are looking for even more energy and fulfillment or for those at a crossroad and considering what is next.
Laura Macdougall is a leading authority for senior women leaders who are designing their new chapters in life, work and legacy. With 20 years experience leading strategic projects in the healthcare sector, and an MBA, she now turns her passion to setting fellow women leaders on fire in the next phase of their careers. Laura presents on a broad range of topics from the power of women, to resilience, and designing your next chapter.
Negotiating for Success with Charmaine Hammond
Negotiations and asking for what you need can be uncomfortable, take you out of your comfort zone and end up with an outcome you are not satisfied with. In this session Charmaine will help you build confidence for courageous dialogues, get comfortable with the five step road map, and, mistakes to avoid so you can achieve success.
Charmaine Hammond helps people negotiate with ease, confidence and skill. She is an expert in negotiation, collaboration and courageous communication. With a Masters Degree in Conflict Analysis & Management, extensive background as a mediator and having facilitated numerous negotiation processes, Charmaine can help you achieve success in negotiations and difficult conversations.
Peership-The power of collaboration with Diane Crawford
Resources and knowledge expand when shared. The law of reciprocity is triggered when we take an active role in a symbiotic relationship with other people. In reality; going it alone reduces our power, a group or partnership is stronger. The use of powerful conversations can be an impetus for both positive change and team engagement. We will explore how to build trust, hold powerful conversations, problem solve and build a growth mindset.
Diane Crawford has a real passion for people, development and innovation. From managing her own start-up to directing a team of over 300 professional staff she has honed her coaching and people development skills. She offers first-hand strategies to manage the dynamics of change, build self-awareness, understand values, leverage strengths and create vision. She has a fierce belief in the power of connection and collaboration.
So You Want To Be a Thought Leader? with Lianne Picot
What does it mean to be a thought leader in 2020? As business owners, we need to balance taking a stand for what’s important to us with the realities of business and remain accessible to those that we want to lead and serve. We will talk through the benefits and challenges of thought leadership in business today and develop strategies for becoming the kind of leader that can build a tribe, sell your wares AND leave a legacy.
Lianne Picot helps new and aspiring women leaders to become INSPIRING leaders through specialized leadership coaching and training. She is also the host of The Leadership Leap radio show. Lianne has worked as a leader, coach and trainer in the UK, Ireland and Canada for over 25 years. She is a Certified Executive Coach and a part-time university instructor teaching courses in leadership and organizational development. Lianne is the creator of an online leadership program/learning community, also called The Leadership Leap.
Understanding the WHY behind your Goals with Christen James - CJ
When starting a business, there are many facets to be considered. Often times, people may work on goals because they THINK that this is what they should be doing. Before setting goals, it is important to be introspective so that you better understand what kind of goals to set, what results to anticipate, why you are not getting the results that you hope for and – most importantly – why you might not be motivated or focused to set or work on your goals.
Christen James - CJ
Christen James - CJ is a mindset and transition coach for new entrepreneurs. She has a BA in Psychology and Certification in Solution-Focused Therapy and over a decade in the workforce as a Manager. She helps aspiring and new entrepreneurs take their mindset from struggling to strategic by working with them to get the clarity that will lead to results that are aligned with their values.
What is crowdfunding and is it right for my business? with Victoria Bennett
Join this session for a practical explanation of crowdfunding, the different types of crowdfunding, and which might be right for your business. It will also help you decide when crowdfunding may not be a good fit. Raising capital is often skewed against women, crowdfunding is one case where women outperform men. We will give real-life examples of campaigns that the team have worked on.
Victoria ran her first successful crowdfund campaign over seven years ago. A strategic marketer by training, she has run successful crowdfunding campaigns in Canada and in Europe and her team is currently consulting for a number of Canadian equity and rewards crowdfund campaigns. Working with the Impact Hub in Calgary she launched The Crowdfunding Hub in 2019 to provide education and self service tools for all types of crowdfunding, from donations and rewards to equity.
Your Next Chapter -- A New Career! with Sharon Caddy
Whether you find yourself displaced after a corporate restructure or just feel it’s time to take on a new direction, stepping into a new career can be intimidating, but it can also be very empowering. This session will help you to recognize and harness the power you possess, fueled by the experience you bring from your former career, while opening your mind to learn and grow in a new career environment.
RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc.
Sharon Caddy is a Sales Representative with RE/MAX Realty Specialists Inc. Sharon's move to real estate follows a thirty year career in the media including 10 years as a radio show host at a variety of stations across Ontario, followed by a decade as a weather anchor at CTV, and nationally on Canada AM.
When changes in the media industry sparked massive layoffs everywhere, Sharon took the opportunity to return to school to follow her other passion, real estate, and now helps clients buy and sell homes primarily in the Mississauga, Oakville, Burlington corridor.